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Not a single word from Silent Bob

Four Queens Poker Classic, Las Vegas
$300 No Limit Hold'em
Report by Barny on Thursday, 9 September 2004 at 5:48 pm

Yesterday in the $300 No Limit Holdem and I had what many players here would consider the ultimate bad beat: a seat next to ‘Silent Bob’ from Minnesota. Bob is the reason the Four Queens does not have the heart to ban walkmans during their tournaments. Let’s just say that you’d be hard pressed to find a donkey in Minnesota with its hind legs intact.

With more stories and opinions than Paul Parker on speed Bob is good fun for a while at least. He claims to go ‘way back’ with just about everyone and after a while you wish he’d do exactly that. As a special treat for the table he offered not to speak for an hour, and it was during this respite that I realised how well the constant verbal barrage works for players like Bob. Heads up against him I called down three bets holding bottom pair with a possible flush on board. It’s not that Bob could have talked me out of calling, but without the white noise it was a lot easier to think back through the hand. When his hour was up he congratulated me on the call and asked what had given him away. ‘You always go quiet when you’re bluffing’ I told him.

The field yesterday was about twice the size of the Omaha and there was a fair smattering of familiar faces with Simon Trumper, Peter Costa and Asher Derei amongst the European contingent. I got off to a reasonable start but as we got closer to the money I just seemed to fade out of contention, leaving an all American field to slog it out on the last two tables.

There’s no-one more good natured than Jodie the Four Queens tournament director, he is always checking to see if I’m O.K because, as he told me yesterday, ‘Your comftorbility is important to me’. My somewhat ungracious response was to question whether ‘comftorbility’ would go in a game of Scrabble, and Jodie has promised to bring in an American dictionary which contains the word and does not include ‘bloke’. I am a strong advocate of the moody rule in poker but moody English is something else. This lot just make it up as they go along.

Much as I love the talking and the moodying (check the dictionary) here, American players are a bit too prone to complain when they don’t think they are getting enough good hands. Still, I liked the way one guy at my table put it yesterday. Anyone who gets dealt four queens here is given a free Four Queens cap. ‘Hell’ the guy says. ‘If this place was called The Seven Deuce I sure would have me a lot of hats!’

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